On the building or construction site
This information is for quarry workers, builders, stoneworkers, woodworkers and painters. It gives information on things in the workplace that could damage the lungs and advice on how to protect them.
What are the hazards?
These are some of the hazards you may come into contact with at work.
Created when working on materials that have silica in them (for example concrete, mortar, sandstone and artificial stone).
Created when working on softwood, hardwood and wood-based products like MDF and plywood.
Less toxic dusts
Created when working on materials containing very little or no silica. The most common include gypsum (e.g. in plasterboard), limestone, marble and dolomite.
A group of tiny minerals that was used a lot in building work in the past. When material containing asbestos is moved or damaged, a dust containing fibres of asbestos can go into the air and be breathed in.
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung conditions like COPD and lung cancer
If you smoke, you will be at a much higher risk of developing a lung condition.